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India takes steps to achieve higher space education goals: Minister

Informing the Lok Sabha on future space missions and education in space sciences, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply on wednesday, said the Department of Space has taken multi-pronged approach to provide Space education to the youths.

The Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh addressing an interactive session on the ‘Challenges and Opportunities in North Eastern Region’, in New Delhi on February 10, 2015.

The Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh addressing an interactive session on the ‘Challenges and Opportunities in North Eastern Region’, in New Delhi on February 10, 2015.

The Department has taken up severa steps to disseminate or to provide formal education on important subjects coming under Space Technology, Space Science and Space Applications to the youths in the country, said the minister and listed them as under:

•Department of Space (Dos) has established an academic institution viz., Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (lIST) at Thiruvananthapuram with a prime objective of providing highly specialised academic programmes in the niche areas of Space. The Institute is offering Undergraduate programmes, Post graduate programmes and Doctoral programmes to the youth of the country.

•Dos has established an academic and training institute viz., Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS) at Dehradun. The institute offers Post graduate diploma and Masters courses in Remote Sensing, Geo-informatics, Environment and Atmospheric sciences, Urban planning, etc.

•The Department has developed curriculum in the areas of Remote Sensing & GIS for PG programme and assisted various academic institutions to establish the required laboratory infrastructure and administer the academic programme.

•The Department has also provided technical and scientific support to students and faculty members of various academic institutions to design, develop and realise small satellites by the respective institution. The Department has also extended the support of free launch services to place the students` satellites in orbit.

•The Department has also tied up with various academic institutions to undertake research and related activities in the field of Planetary Science and Exploration.

•To promote Space Science education amongst the youth, the Department has identified few academic institutions to support and strengthen the research in space sciences in the universities through guidance and funding.

•The Department has also encouraged academic institutions to participate in the scientific satellite missions by providing flight worthy payloads duly developed by the academia.

•The Department has also instituted Research Fellowships Scheme in academia to promote space science research work at national laboratories.

•The Department has involved many academic and autonomous research institutions to work in the areas of climate and weather of the Sun-Earth system through funding and definition of research themes.

•As a collaborative approach with academic institutions and research institutions, the Department has been running the Joint Astronomy Programme, where in the selected student will pursue research in Astronomy and Astrophysics leading to award of Ph.D degree.

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